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  • Address: India
  • Hours: Open Tue - Sun, 9am - 5:30pm
  • Admission: Adults: Rs 250

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Elephanta Caves

Protected as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the Elephanta Caves are among Mumbai’s most astounding temple sites, home to one of India’s most precious collections of Hindu temple art.

In Elephanta Island’s labyrinthine network of subterranean caves, highly prized statues of Shiva and other deities, shrines, pillars, courtyards and halls are carved out of rock in high relief.

Elephanta’s collection of cave-temples date back to around AD 600, and were named for the elephant statue that once stood near the shore. The statue now stands in Mumbai’s Victoria Gardens.

Tours are essential to get the most from a visit to the island, revealing the stories and history of the island’s carvings and artworks. The highlight is the temple to Shiva with its towering statue of the three-faced deity, surrounding by latticework screens, carved pillars and winding corridors.

Practical Info

The Elephanta Caves are on Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbour, 9km (5.5 miles) northeast of the city’s Gateway of India monument.

Take a tour or ride a half-hourly launch over to the island from Colaba on the peninsula (the trip takes an hour). Once on the island, ride the tiny train to the steps leading up to the caves (beware of the monkeys!).

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Mumbai Private Tour: Full Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephant Caves, Mumbai, null
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Mumbai Private Tour: Full Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephant Caves

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Explore Mumbai and visit the natural wonder that is the Elephanta Caves. Stretching 9 nautical miles across the sea from the Gateway of India is Elephanta, ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00
Private Elephanta Caves Tour, Mumbai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Elephanta Caves Tour

Visit the Elephanta Caves on this 4-hour tour. Explore the larger Hindu caves, the smaller Buddhist caves as well as the main cave, also known as the ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.00
Private Tour: Customizable Mumbai Sightseeing Including Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves, Mumbai, ... 
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Private Tour: Customizable Mumbai Sightseeing Including Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves

Cruise around Mumbai in an air-conditioned private vehicle during a customizable sightseeing tour. Choose up to five main attractions and lesser-known gems to ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Mumbai Elephenta Caves Private Tour, Mumbai, Custom Private Tours
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Mumbai Elephenta Caves Private Tour

Enjoy a ferry ride in the mighty Arabian sea to reach "The City of Caves", Elephenta. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great example of monolithic ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.00
World Famous Ancientness Elephanta Caves Tour with Toy Train Ride, Mumbai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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World Famous Ancientness Elephanta Caves Tour with Toy Train Ride

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An hour-long ferry ride from Mumbai reaches you to the Elephanta Island, a representative of the past eras. This island houses the ancient Elephanta Caves and ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.00
Private Elephanta Caves Tour, Mumbai, Cultural Tours
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Private Elephanta Caves Tour

Visit the Elephanta Caves (natively known as Gharapurichi Leni), a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbor. This Great Cave was ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.00
Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion, Mumbai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion

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Discover some of the city's most popular destinations on this 10-hour tour including an excursion to the intricate rock carved temples of Elephanta Caves. You ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.00
Private Half-Day Elephanta Caves Excursion from Mumbai, Mumbai, Private Day Trips
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Private Half-Day Elephanta Caves Excursion from Mumbai

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Discover the wonders of Elephanta Caves on a half-day tour from Mumbai, led by a professional guide. The intricate rock carved temples of Elephanta Island are ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Private Elephanta Caves Tour Including Classical Dance Performance in Mumbai, Mumbai, Private Day ... 
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Private Elephanta Caves Tour Including Classical Dance Performance in Mumbai

Take a glimpse into the culture and legacy of Mumbai with this 7-hour private tour. Visit the Elephanta caves located on Elephanta island in Mumbai Harbour. ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Mumbai Morning Tour Including the Gateway of India, the Elephanta Caves and a Mumbai-Style ... 
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Mumbai Morning Tour Including the Gateway of India, the Elephanta Caves and a Mumbai-Style Breakfast

Often referred to as "The City of Dreams," Mumbai is India’s largest metropolis. On this morning tour, explore the historical side of the city at the ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.00

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